Nai Lalakai trial: Fiji Times to call two witnesses

Lawyers Devanesh Sharma and Aman Ravindra-Singh in court. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE Fiji Times publisher, Hank Arts, today opted to exercise his right to remain silent while the company confirmed they will be calling two witnesses tomorrow.
Two defence witnesses informed the high court that Mr Arts and Fiji Times Editor in Chief Fred Wesley did not have any say on the content of the Nai Lalakai newspaper.
Nai Lalakai layout artist Viliame Ravai and Nai Lalakai newspaper acting Editor Unaisi Ratubalavu confirmed this and said the editor on desk decided on the stories and letters that were to be published in the next Nai Lalakai edition.
The Fiji Times is charged with one count of printing a seditious publication.
Mr Arts is charged with one count of publishing in the Nai Lalakai a seditious article, while the letter writer, Josaia Waqabaca, is charged with one count of submitting for publication an article written by him with a seditious intention.
Nai Lalakai Editor Anare Ravula and Wesley are charged with one count each of having aided and abetted the publication of a letter in the Nai Lalakai newspaper on April 27, 2016, by failing to prevent its publication.
The trial will continue before High Court judge Justice Thusara Rajasinghe tomorrow.
A detailed report in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times and in our E-Edition.

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